Nate and Laura were in the audience sitting together and watching the previous games. Laura posted on Reddit:Woof wrote: ↑Fri May 24, 2019 12:02 pmI think you all need to give Nate a break. We here have the advantage of hindsight, both knowing James's history and knowing the outcome of the game. Nate, OTOH, wouldn't have realized what he was up against until he was already atop the podium (unless, of course, he'd seen an earlier game, in which case ignore everything I just said). To expect him to instantly arrive at an optimal strategy for what anyone would have to consider a 1-in-a-million chance (facing a superchamp mid-run) is a bit much IMO. At least he didn't have the typical deer in the headlights reaction. Anyway, fun game to watch. How long has it been since James last was in a non-lock game?
Thanks for watching everyone!! I feel so lucky to have been on the show, but particularly on this episode (even though I got totally steamrolled, lol). What a thriller! I can tell you that Nate followed through exactly with our strategy (we sat next to each other in the audience). I can also tell you that James is a lovely person who I hit it off with right away. What a guy!
Someone asked Laura about her conversation with Nate and she responded:
Nothing terribly revolutionary, but we knew that the only way to beat James was to play the game his way. So we resolved to make searching for the DDs our first priority, and promised that if we got one, no matter our confidence level or how much money we had, we’d make it a true DD. You absolutely have to take uncomfortable risks to beat James, no doubt about it.